Denver woman accused of trying to steal $400k house

DENVER-9Wants to Know has unraveled a mystery involving a bizarre chain of ownership to a home and a woman who is now wanted for creating bogus deeds to try and steal property.

Marquise Bridgewater, 24, has been charged with six felony counts after 9Wants to Know began investigating several suspicious deeds filed with the Denver Clerk and Recorder's office.

One of the deeds contains the forged signature of Kateri Traversie who passed away in February. Eleven days after Traversie's death, a deed with the forged signature was recorded at the clerk's office.

The bogus deed shows Traversie obtained the home from a Bank of America foreclosure at 4601 W. 29th Avenue.

Traversie's mom said her daughter never signed for the home at 4601 W. 29th Avenue, which has an estimated value of $400,000.

"For somebody to feel entitled to come in and just take her name and mess with anything that had to do with my daughter….I was outraged," Laurie Railsback said. "Somebody has taken over her life and her identity."

9Wants to Know was able to compare Traversie's authentic signatures to the falsified deed with old court records and a driver's license provided by Railsback. It's clear the signatures don't match.

9Wants to Know found two other falsified deeds showing Traversie turned over the home to a Joshinna Carreras, who in turn, signed the home over to Bridgewater in April for $10.

Carreras was unreachable for comment and it is unknown if she is aware her name appears on one of the falsified deeds.

At the home last week, Bridgewater answered the door but claimed her name was Jessica and that she was just house sitting for her sister.

The Denver District Attorney's Office has filed six felony counts of fraud against Bridgewater who now has a warrant out for her arrest.

A criminal affidavit says a DA investigator has been working on the case for several months after a city code inspector found the suspicious deeds earlier this year.

The affidavit says prosecutors have obtained video of Bridgewater filing the falsified deeds at the clerk's office in February and April.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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